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Scampy’s burglarized early Friday morning

WEST CHARLESTON — Police say that a business in West Charleston was burglarized last week. At around 4:30 a.m. Friday, October 13, police responded to a reported burglary at Scampy’s General Store. Police say forced entry was made into the store and that numerous packs of cigarettes were stolen during the incident. The suspect, dressed… Keep Reading

Free Vermont Symphony Orchestra Halloween concert coming to Haskell Opera House

DERBY LINE — The Haskell Opera House recently announced they will host a kid-friendly, free Halloween concert on Sunday, October 29, at 2:00 p.m. The concert includes an introduction of the instruments and several seasonally spooky selections. The highlight of the performance is a narration with music based on the book, “A Symphony of Whales,”… Keep Reading


Subway in Orleans robbed at gunpoint

ORLEANS — The Subway in Orleans was robbed at gunpoint last night. At around 9:00 p.m. a masked individual entered the restaurant, located at 25 Railroad Avenue. Police say the suspect approached the clerk, displayed a gun and demanded money. The individual made off with an unknown amount of cash. The robber was described as… Keep Reading


TRAFFIC ALERT: Delays on U.S. Route 5 this Saturday

DERBY — The Vermont Agency of Transportation is warning drivers of possible delays on U.S. Route 5 in Derby this Saturday. Crews will be paving from the Cow Palace to Walt’s Sales and Service. This is a high traffic zone and delays should be expected. Motorists are advised to take alternate routes if possible. Crews… Keep Reading

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Authorities bust 15-person smuggling attempt in Derby Line

DERBY LINE — Three individuals have been charged in connection with a fifteen-person human smuggling attempt in Derby. Hector Ramon Perez-Alvarado, 25, a Honduran citizen, has been charged with transporting illegal aliens inside the United States. As part of the investigation, the U.S. Border Patrol took into custody a total of sixteen illegal aliens, including… Keep Reading


Newport Ambulance goes pink for breast cancer awareness

NEWPORT — A few noticeable changes are going on during the month of October at Newport Ambulance Service. Crews will be wearing pink shirts in support of breast cancer awareness. “The crews will wear the shirts through the month to show our support for those that are fighting breast cancer, for those that have survived,… Keep Reading


Newport police investigating counterfeit bills

NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department says they are investigating after counterfeit bills were passed at two city businesses this week. This morning at 6:20 a.m., a Newport Police officer responded to Cumberland Farms on a report that two fake $20 bills had been passed there by a customer. After conducting a preliminary investigation, the… Keep Reading


Historic barn destroyed in Barton

BARTON — The historic “Pines” barn in Barton was destroyed after a fire broke out on Monday afternoon. Firefighters were called out at around 12:50 p.m. The large red barn, located on Kinsey Road, was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived. Firefighters say they focused their efforts on preventing the fire from spreading to… Keep Reading

Northeast Kingdom Collaborative hires Katherine Sims of Craftsbury as director

HARDWICK — The Northeast Kingdom Collaborative announced that they have hired Katherine Sims of Craftsbury as the new Director of the organization. The NEK Collaborative brings together local, state, and federal partners to advance economic development in communities across the Northeast Kingdom. As the new director, Sims will work with stakeholders to build regional partnerships… Keep Reading


Newport man leads police on pursuit

NEWPORT — A 43-year-old man from Newport is facing numerous charges after police say he attempted to run during a traffic stop. At around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday the Vermont State Police attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation on US Route 5 in Derby. Police say the vehicle, operated by Jaime Prue,… Keep Reading


Lockdown at Lake Region Union High School after threats by student

BARTON — Authorities say that a student’s threats led administrators to lockdown Lake Region on Tuesday afternoon, sending students home early. According to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, the student, a 16-year-old who attended Lake Region, threatened another student with physical harm. The threats were issued by phone and text message and also directed at… Keep Reading


North Country Hospital proud to recognize National Health IT Week

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital is proud to recognize National Health IT Week from October 2-6, 2017. This week is set aside to spotlight information technology’s important role in improving healthcare.  National Health IT Week is an awareness week offering all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite under one banner, expressing the benefits that health… Keep Reading


Westmore Mountain Challange offers marathon-length hike

WESTMORE — On Saturday, October 14, the NorthWoods Stewardship Center will be hosting a marathon-length hiking event through the Northeast Kingdom. The Westmore Mountain Challenge is a one-day hike traversing 26 miles of trail from Westmore to East Charleston. Participants will hike Moose Mountain, Mount Hor, Mount Pisgah, Haystack Mountain and Bald Mountain, before finishing… Keep Reading

New scholarship will honor iconic Irasburg writer

IRASBURG — Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) and Phoenix Books, a Vermont-based independent bookseller, announced the creation of a new VCFA scholarship that honors late author Howard Frank Mosher. Called the Phoenix Books Howard Frank Mosher Scholarship, the $10,000 award will be merit-based and given annually to an emerging fiction writer from Vermont in… Keep Reading


Newport Center man killed in collision with tractor

NEWPORT — A 31-year-old man from Newport Center was killed in a two-vehicle crash this morning. At 7:40 a.m. police responded to Bear Mountain Road near the intersection with Farrar Road. Brent Amyot, 31, of Newport Center, was headed east on Bear Mountain Road, and Bradley StOnge, 22, of Newport, was heading west in a… Keep Reading


Moose poached in Westmore, dragged to Orleans

WESTMORE — Vermont state game wardens are seeking tips to help solve a case of a moose that was poached in Westmore. The cow moose was shot from the road out of season and at night on Saturday, September 23. After poachers shot the moose, they dragged the animal on the road behind their truck… Keep Reading

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